Easter club rugby has hit top gear, with a full round of matches across several regions on Thursday night, Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday.
Several competitions have rounds spread over two or three games; others have a double header of rounds at the start and the end of Easter.
For a glance at some competitions as at Sunday morning, see below:
Round 4 of the Alan McEvoy Trophy on Good Friday. Click on the link above
Bay of Plenty Baywide Premier (Round 4):
Played over Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Whakarewarewa and Te Puke remain as the two unbeaten teams after four rounds:
Whakarewarewa 27 - Rangataua 26
Te Puke 31 -Tauranga 26
Mt Maunganui 25 - Te Puna 23
Greeton 20 - Rotoiti 15
Opotiki 24 - Rangiuru 8
Christchurch Metro Round 3 – played on Saturday Results to be confirmed
Counties Manukau Premier Challenge Cup (Round 6):
Karaka made it six from six in Counties-Manukau Premier rugby on Saturday:
Te Kauwhata 0
Karaka 95 (Counties Power Cup Holders) - Te Kauwhata 0
Onewhero 17 - Waiuku 16
Weymouth 6 – Drury 5
Patumahoe 37 - Manurewa 21
Ardmore Marist 29 – Papakura 5
Bombay 25 - Pukekohe 25
McNamara Cup draw for 26 April:
Weymouth v Pukekohe; Waiuku v Drury; Karaka v Onewhero; Ardmore Marist v Te Kauwhata; Manurewa v Papakura; Patumahoe v Bombay
Nash Cup round 4 – Played on Saturday - click on the link above
Manawatu (Jubilee Cup - Round 6):
Matches on Good Friday.Varsity and College Old Boys, both unbeaten continue to set the pace. Next round on Easter Monday.
Feilding 28 - Feilding Old Boys Oroua 17
College Old Boys 71 - Freyberg 0
Varsity 36 - Te Kawau 18
Kia Toa 44 - Linton Army 22
Old Boys Marist - bye.
Round 4 – played on Saturday - click on the link above
Northland (Southern Districts Premier round 8)
Thursday night results:
Hora Hora 55 – Hikurangi 5
Mid Western 20 – Western Sharks 7
Old Boys Marist 20 – Otamatea 12
Waipu 37 – Mid Northern 15
Wellsford 10 - Kamo 8
Otago (Dunedin Premier, round 5):
Alhambra-Union remain as the only unbeaten side after five rounds and lead the Dunedin premier rugby competition on 21 points, ahead of Taieri on 20. Alhambra-Union came back from 0-9 at halftime to draw with Dunedin in matches played on Thursday:
Alhambra-Union 9 - Dunedin 9
Southern 24 -University A 3
Taieri 34 - Kaikorai 7
Pirates 36 - Green Island 17
Harbour 28 - Zingari-Richmond 19
Two-week break –next set of matches on 26 April
Round 3 – Played on Good Friday and Saturday - click on the link above
Marist 57 - Stoke 16
Nelson 15 - Kahurangi 10
Wanderers 17 - Waimea 12
Waikato (Round 6):
Played on Thursday night and Good Friday. University maintained their lead at the top of the standings after a narrow 26-24 win over defending champions Hamilton Marist. Otorohanga are also unbeaten alongside University after beating Morrinsville.
University 26 – Hamilton Marist 24
Hamilton Old Boys 59 – Te Rapa 0
Otorohanga 24 – Morrinsville Sports 0
Fraser Tech 35 – Melville 25
Hautapu 16 – Te Awamutu Sports 10
Wairarapa Bush (Round 3):
Matches on Saturday:
Pioneer 26 - Martinborough 25
Marist 29 - Carterton 21
Greytown 38 - East Coast
Wanganui (Round 5):
Played on Good Friday and Saturday:
Border 34 - Taihape 31
Utiku OB - 24 - Kaierau 10
Ruapehu 20 - Marton 14
Pirates 41 - Ratana 0
Swindale Shield round 4 played on Good Friday. Click on the link above
12 March: 2014 ITM Cup draw released
Taranaki will open this year’s ITM Cup season by hosting Ranfurly Shield holders Counties Manukau at Yarrow Stadium on Thursday 14 August.
The first round of the 11-week competition also sees the Southland Stags hosting the Bay of Plenty Steamers on Friday night 15 August. The weekend will see Auckland head to Christchurch to face Canterbury, the Wellington Lions host the Waikato Mooloos at Westpac Stadium while last year’s winners of promotion into the Premiership, Tasman’s Makos, will host the Hawke’s Bay Magpies at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim.The opening round closes out on Sunday with Northland’s Taniwha hosting the Manawatu Turbos at Whangarei’s Toll Stadium.
This year’s ITM Cup semifinals will be played in the weekend of 17 October, with the ITM Cup Championship Final on Friday 24 October, with the right for promotion up for grabs.
• Auckland hosts the traditional battle of the bridge playing against North Harbour for the Brian Purdy Memorial Trophy and Newstalk ZB Trans Harbour Trophy at Eden Park in Week 6
• Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu play for the Kel Tremain Memorial Trophy in Week 8 at Palmerston North’s FMG Stadium
• As in previous years, the Women’s Provincial Championship Final will be played as the curtain raiser to the ITM Cup Premiership Final regardless of who hosts that match.
10 March: HOBM, Auckland Marist big winners in Spillane tournament
2 March: Wests Roosters, Havelock North and Avalon win Greytown 7s
Host club Greytown RFC welcomed teams from several clubs from the lower North Island to their annual Sevens tournament on Saturday. Last year's beaten Men's finalists the Wests Roosters (Wellington) went one better, taking out their division. The Wests squad feautured All Blacks Sevens players Tomasi Cama and Lote Raikabula and they overran a gallant Greytown 40-7 in their final. Avalon (Wellington) beat Havelock North (Hawke's Bay) 17-12 in a close Women's final and Havelock North made it a four-peat in the Colts section defeating the Upper Hutt Rams (Wellington) 24-0 in the final.
28 February: Heartland Championship draw released
The 2014 Heartland Championship draw has been released. The first round of matches on 23 August are (home team first):
Horowhenua-Kapiti v Thames Valley; King Country v Wairarapa Bush; Mid Canterbury v West Coast; Poverty Bay v East Coast; South Canterbury v Wanganui.
For the full draw visit: http://rugbyredefined.com/2014/02/28/heartland-championship-2014-draw-released/
24 February: New Blue Card Trial for concussions
The Northland Advocate reports: This season will be like no other for Northland rugby players from under-18 level up to premier grade, as they become part of a world-first trial in concussion rehab.
The trial will see referees issuing "blue cards" to players who they believe have been concussed, effectively removing them from the game until they are medically cleared to play.
Referee education officer Kyal Collins said the initiative will be in place this weekend when senior club rugby kicks off, stating that player welfare is the priority. "We haven't got a cure for concussion, it's not going to stop the big hits that probably have already started this season, but what it's going to do is provide a trail of those concussions for those individual players," Collins explained. "So, hopefully, we can stop those players getting back on the field too early."
19 February: Super Rugby openers this weekend
The first round of Super Rugby involving New Zealand teams is this weekend. The season kicks off in Christchurch on Friday night with the Crusaders taking on the defending champions the Chiefs. The focus shifts south to Dunedin on Saturday night for the derby match between the Highlanders and the Blues. The Hurricanes meet the Sharks in Durban in the wee small hours of Sunday morning. This weekend’s matches are:
15 February: Rangataua win Middlesex Club Sevens
Bay of Plenty club Rangataua for winning today’s Middlesex Sevens New Zealand Club Sevens Championship. Rangataua beat Auckland’s Pakuranga 35-21 in the Cup final played at Bell Park in Auckland, taking home the Wavell Wakefield Cup. Rangataua were unbeaten through five matches, beating Wellington’s Upper Hutt 27-14 in the Cup semi-finals and Auckland’s Otahuhu 28-0 in the Cup quarterfinals. Hamilton Marist won the Plate final and Manawatu’s Kia Toa took out the Bowl final. [Unoffical] results from the tournament are:
Cup Final: Rangataua 35 – Pakuranga 21
Cup semi-finals: Pakuranga 20 - Papatoeotoe 7 and Rangataua 27 - Upper Hutt 12
Cup quarterfinals: Papatoetoe 19 – Hamilton Marist 10, Upper Hutt 28 - Karaka 17, Rangataua 28 - Otahuhu 0 and Pakuranga 10 - Awanui 7
Plate Final: Hamilton Marist 19 – Otahuhu 10
Plate semi-finals: Hamilton Marist 26 - Awanui 7 and Otahuhu 31 - Karaka 17
Bowl Final: Kia Toa 19 v Southern 7
Bowl semi-finals: Southern 26 - Te Puna 14 and Kia Toa 33 beat Siutaka 7
Upper Hutt 14 – Hamilton Marist 10
Pakuranga 24 – Kia Toa 7
Southern 14 – Karaka 14
Awanui 42 – Suitaka 10
Otahuhu 19 – Kia Toa 19
Hamilton Marist 19 – Te Puna 7
Papatoetoe 19 – Karaka 19
Rangataua 36 – Siutaka 10
Pakuranga 21 – Otahuhu 12
Upper Hutt 27 – Te Puna 14
Papatoetoe 38 – Southern 7
Rangataua 19 – Awanui 5
Pool A: Pakuranga
Pool B: Upper Hutt
Pool C: Papatoetoe
Pool D: Rangataua
9 February: New Zealand Super Rugby teams pre-season news
All five New Zealand teams were involved in Investec Super Rugby pre-season matches over the weekend, with the Crusaders beating the Highlanders 28-15 in Motueka at the top of the South Island and the other three New Zealand sides losing to Australian franchises.
The Chiefs went down 20-31 to the Reds in Toowoomba, the Blues lost to the Waratahs 12-33 in Sydney and the Hurricanes missed out to the Rebels in Geelong.
This coming Friday in their final hit-outs before the competition starts, the Hurricanes and the Crusaders clash in Levin, the Blues and the Chiefs meet in Rotorua and the Highlanders play the Waratahs in Newcastle.
2 February: New Zealand Super Rugby teams pre-season news
For three of the five New Zealand teams, the 2014 Investec Super Rugby season started this weekend.
In pre-season matches, the Highlanders defeated the Brumbies 15-11 in Queenstown and the Hurricanes beat the Blues 38-35 in Masterton.The Crusaders and the Chiefs continued training amongst themselves.
The Hurricanes and the Blues both cross the Tasman for their second pre-seaosn matches this coming weekend, the Hurricanes playing the Rebels in Geelong and the Blues meeting the Waratahs in Sydney. The Highlanders and the Crusaders meet at the top of the South Island at Motueka, while the defending champions the Chiefs take to the field for this first time against the Reds in Toowoomba.
22 January: National U19 Rugby Tournament in Taupo
New Zealand Rugby has announced an inaugural 2014 National Under 19 Rugby Tournament would be held in Taupo from Saturday 27 September to Saturday 4 October. The Tournament will comprise of 16 seeded teams, determined from regional qualifying tournaments and feature one team from each ITM Cup Provincial Union, a second team from Auckland RFU, due to their strong player numbers, and a representative team from the 12 Heartland Unions.
NZR GM Professional Rugby, Neil Sorensen said the Tournament would feature the best Under 19 school leavers nationally competing against each other in a week-long event. “Following hot on the heels of hosting the IRB Under 20 Junior World Championships in June, the Taupo tournament will showcase some of country’s best young rugby talent, many of whom will no doubt go on to play rugby at the highest level."
As well as playing host to on-field action, New Zealand Rugby will also run a variety of development seminars for players, coaches and management during the week.
20 January One-day tickets up for grabs
Sevens Wellington tournament organisers have announced a limited release, one-day ticket option. Up to 3,000 one-day tickets would be available from Ticketek as of Tuesday.Tickets for Friday, February 7, will cost $95, while those for Saturday are being offered at a premium price of $129.Two-day tickets are still available at $209 for those wishing to take up that option.
16 January: Beach Rugby Tournament at Mt Maunganui
Entries are open for the Beach Rugby5s tournament on Mt Maunganui beach on 25 january. If you want to have a great day on the fab Mount Maunganui beach playing some social rugby get 10 mates together and enter your team! Thre are Open, 30+ and 40+ divisions! email beach5sNZ@gmail.com for more or visit the Beach Rugby Facebook page
13 January: Wellington men, Manawatu women National Sevens champions
The Wellington men’s team and the Manawatu women’s team are the 2014 Bayleys National Sevens champions.Wellington defeated Auckland 26-17 in the Men’s Cup final and Manawatu overcame Auckland 19-12 in the Women’s Cup final.
Manawatu flyer and former New Zealand Sevens player George Tilsley was the men’s Player of the Tournament. Counties Manukau’s Hazel Tubic was the women’s Player of the Tournament. Manawatu beat Bay of Plenty 40-17 to win the Men’s Plate final. Taranaki defeated Otago 21-12 in the Women’s Plate final. Full results from day two are below.
Counties Manukau Women 45 - Wellington Women 5 (Women’s Cup quarterfinal)Hawke’s Bay 24 - Poverty Bay 14
Manawatu Women 10 - Otago Women 7 (Women’s Cup quarterfinal)
Counties Manukau 36 - Mid Canterbury 5
Auckland Women 22 - Taranaki Women 7 (Women’s Cup quarterfinal)
North Harbour 31 - Tasman 24
Waikato Women 29 v Bay of Plenty Women 5 (Women’s Cup quarterfinal)
Southland 19 - Waikato 17
Auckland 19 - Manawatu 14 (Men’s Cup quarterfinal)
Northland 26 - Canterbury 0 (Men’s Cup quarterfinal)
Taranaki 17 - Bay of Plenty 12 (Men’s Cup quarterfinal)
Otago Women 29 - Wellington Women 12 (Women’s Plate semi-final)
Wellington 24 - Otago 19 (Men’s Cup quarterfinal)
Taranaki 24 - Bay of Plenty 5 (Women’s Plate semi-final)
Auckland Women 17 - Waikato Women 12 (Women’s Cup semi-final)
Manawatu Women 24 - Counties Manukau Women 5 (Women’s Cup semi-final)
Poverty Bay 31 - Mid Canterbury 14 (Men’s Shield semi-final)
Manawatu 26 - Canterbury 19 (Men’s Plate semi-final)
Counties Manukau 27 - Hawke’s Bay 17 (Men’s Bowl semi-final)
Bay of Plenty 21 - Otago 19 (Men’s Plate semi-final)
North Harbour 24 - Southland 21 (Men’s Bowl semi-final)
Wellington 10 - Taranaki 5 (Men’s Cup semi-final)
Taranaki Women 21 - Otago Women 12 (Women’s Plate final)
Waikato 34 - Mid Canterbury 7 (Men’s Shield final)
North Harbour 28 - Counties Manukau 26 (Men’s Bowl final)
Manawatu 40 - Bay of Plenty 17 (Men’s Plate final)
Manawatu 19 - Auckland 12 (Women’s Cup final)
Wellington 26 - Auckland 19 (Men’s Cup final)
Results unofficial and TBC
14 December: Auckland teams win Northern Region 7s
The Auckland men’s and women’s 7s teams won the Northern Region 7s tournament in Hamilton. Auckland Men defeated Northland 31-0 in their final, while Auckland Women beat Waikato Women 26-10 in their final.
Pool resultsCounties Manukau 40 Thames Valley 0
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24 November: Northland win Auckland 7s
With a convincing performance in the final, the Northland Rugby Union was crowned 2013 Auckland 7s Cup winner today defeating North Harbour 34-10 in the final.Wellington beat Counties Manukau 19-14 in the playoff for third and fourth in the Cup, reversing a 10-28 defeat to them on the opening day Pool match on day one.North Harbour club champions Silverdale won the Plate Final, defeating Host Northcote 17-12. The Auckland Marist club won the women's division on Saturday.
24 November: Canterbury win South Island 7s
The Canterbury men’s and women’s teams won their respective divisions of the South Island 7s tournament at Timaru yesterday. Results from the tournament:
16 November: Hamilton Marist win Waikato Club Sevens
Final results from the Waikato Club Sevens played today:
14 November: Vote for the Try of the Year
For the first time in the awards' history, fans will get a say in deciding some of the best rugby action from 2013. An online poll is now open for fans to select the SKY Fans Try of the Year. Voting closes 25 November with the winning try announced on the night of the New Zealand Rugby Steinlager Awards night on 5 December.
10 November: Otahuhu win Auckland Club Sevens
Otahuhu won the Auckland Club Sevens title, beating Papatoetoe 19-17 in the Cup final, after trailing at halftime. Otahuhu won after finishing second in their Pool and beating Marist and Manukau in their first two knockout matches. Waitemata beat Ponsonby in the Plate final.
6 November : All Blacks Sevens contracted players
The following 17 players have been contracted to play for the All Blacks Sevens over the next year:
Tomasi Cama* (Manawatu); Scott Curry* (tba); Ambrose Curtis (Wellington); Sam Dickson* (Canterbury); DJ Forbes* (Counties Manukau); Bryce Heem (Tasman); Ben Lam (Auckland); Mark Jackman (Canterbury); Gillies Kaka* (Hawke’s Bay); Marty McKenzie (Southland); Tim Mikkelson* (Waikato); Waisake Naholo (Taranaki); Declan O’Donnell (Waikato); David Raikuna* (North Harbour); Lote Raikabula* (Wellington); Sherwin Stowers (Counties Manukau); Joe Webber (Waikato) *specialist sevens players
Four additional players will be contracted by early next year as part of the All Blacks Sevens Wider Training Group.The All Blacks Sevens next play at the Dubai Sevens 29-30 November which is the second tournament in the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series. The All Blacks Sevens currently lead the series having won the opening Gold Coast Sevens event last month.
4 November: Nelson College win Tasman Club Sevens title
Nelson College claimed the Tasman Club Sevens title, beating Nelson RFC 50-5 in the Cup final. Nelson College won all six games in the tournament, wing Quade Dearman scoring four tries in the final. Nelson College previously won the Tasman Secondary Schools tournament and will represent the region at the upcoming national Condor 7s tournament. Marist came from behind to beat Waimea 20-12 in the women’s final.
Congratulations to the following teams who will represent their regions in the BNZ Condor 7s at the end of November.
Mount Albert Grammar School were winners in both the boys and girls divisions.
Rotorua Boys' High School beat Gisborne BHS in extra time 24-19. Opitiki College took out the girls final beating Rotorua GHS 19-5
Club 7s held at the start of January 2014 at Blake Park, Mount Manganui
St Peter's Cambridge won the open boys divisionHamilton Girls' High School won the open girls division
WRU Club Sevens Championship is on 16 November.
Francis Douglas beat Wanganui High School 25-10 and New Plymouth Girls' High School beat Opunake High School 57-7 in their finals.
Palmerston North Boys' High School beat Feilding 33-19
Feidiing beat Paraparaumu 72-0 in the girls
Scots College beat Silverstream 31-12
Wellington East won the girls section beating St Catherines 10-0
St Thomas of Canterbury College beat Christchurch BHS 29-5 in the boys final and Lincoln HS beat Hillmorton HS 14-12 in the girls final.
Southland BHS beat St Peter's 51-0 in the boys final.
The third and final 7s tournament is to be held this weekend at the Moerewa RFC
Silverdale win North Harbour Club Sevens
Silverdale beat Glenfield 33-15 in the Cup final of the North Harbour Club Sevens on Saturday 2 November. Massey (1) beat Helensville 29-10 in the U20 final and East Coast Bays beat Glenfield 34-5 in the Women's final.
1 November: Cook Islands Men’s Sevens TeamAny players interested in trialling for the 2014 Cook Island's Men's Sevens Team need to and attend the upcoming NZ trial, which is at the Manukau Rovers RC in Auckland on 1 December. From these trials a 2014 squad of 28 players will be selected to prepare for the IRB World Series Qualifying Tournament - Hong Kong 7s (March 2014), the Commonwealth Games - Glasgow, Scotland (July 2014), the Oceania Sevens Tournament - Papua New Guinea (Sept/Oct 2014) and the IRB Gold Coast Sevens - Australia (Oct 2014). Email Chad@twintraining.co.nz to register.
27 October: South Canterbury win Lochore Cup
Home side South Canterbury overcame defending Heartland Championship Lochore Cup champions to win today’s final 17-10.
Played in strong winds, South Canterbury battled to victory on the back of a committed forwards effort and the boot of fullback Liam Edwards who scored all 17 points including the match winning penalty in the dying minutes. Buller scored a try on halftime and led 10-5 at the turnaround, but South Canterbury overtook them in the second half with the wind at their backs.
26 October: Mid Canterbury win Meads Cup finalMid Canterbury held off a stiff challenge from North Otago to capture the 2013 Meads Cup this afternoon. Top qualifiers from the round-robin, Mid Canterbury defeated North Otago 26-20 in a very strong wind at the Ashburton Showgrounds.
26 October: Auckland clinch Women’s NPCThe Auckland Storm retained their grip on the Women’s NPC competition, beating Canterbury 20-10 in this evening’s final at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
23 September: To listen to our audio review of the weekend's Women's NPC and Heartland Championship go here
20 September: Audio Preview for games tomorrow
To listen to our audio preview of the rugby being played on Saturday 21 September, featuring Round 5 of the Heartland Championship and Round 3 of the Women's NPC go here
16 September: To listen to our audio review of the weekend's Women's NPC and Heartland Championship go here
8 September: To listen to the audio round-up of the third round of Heartland Championship and the first round of Women's NPC matches go here
7 September Teamlists and Audio Preview
To view the teamlists for the first round of Women's NPC matches and third round of Heartland Championship matches click on the Heartland Championship and Women's NPC Draws & Results and Points Tables link above.
To listen to our audio preview of today's matches go here
3 September: First XV national rugby and Heartland Championship Round 2 podcasts
To listen to an audio round-up of college first XV rugby around the country and some representative results for Saturday 31 August go here
To listen to an audio round-up of the second round of Heartland Championship matches on Saturday 31 August go here
31 August: Heartland Championship round 2
To listen to our Heartland Championship round 2 and regional First XV preview podcast click here
22 August: Fairfax Heartland Championship preview
Mark Geenty from Fairfax has compiled a thorough Heartland Championship preview article. Read it here
Podcast 21 Augus